HOW TO make your own Christmas decorations

Kim Blog, Gardening, Life

It was the posh shabby-chic Christmas catalogue that came through the post a few years back that provided an incentive for me to start making my own festive decorations from items gathered from the garden. I balked at what they were charging for what (appeared to me) to be simply bits of tree with silver spray-painted on them…. Instead, with …

The UNSCHOOLERS – on managing discrimination and judgement

Lehla Eldridge Blog, Life

In an extract from their new book; home schoolers Lehla and her husband, Anthony talk about their experiences when it comes to dealing with the sometimes disapproving reactions of others…   Anthony says: Sometimes people get curious and want to know if our way of life works according to their framework. Some of our relatives sneak little tests in to reassure …

DOING IT IN WELLIES – Working with chefs

Sam Gray Blog, Food, Life, Seasonal cooking

 In this second blog for us, inspirational lady-farmer, Sam explains how much she enjoys working with local restaurants. There is no greater privilege for a smallholder like me than tasting your home-reared, much loved, rare breed produce on the menu of a well reputed restaurant.  I recently enjoyed a spectacular 10 course taster menu exquisitely prepared by Director Chef Chris …

How to have a wilder winter

Kim Blog, Gardening, resilience, seed saving

A lot of people still follow so-called traditional advice of ‘bedding the garden’ down for winter. This normally entails meticulously pulling out dead or spent crops and digging the ground over to expose it to the elements which is recommended as being ‘good ‘for the soil. It’s actually a terrible, I repeat terrible thing to do on so many levels. …

TAKING CUTTINGS – Why we should all snip, snip away

Kim Blog, Gardening, resilience

There are whole books on the subject of taking cuttings. Whole books about something that is in reality an incredibly easy thing to do. Equally baffling is the fact that most advice is also ridiculously overly-complicated and exacting. No wonder then that many people choose to buy in any extra plants needed, rather than giving it a go themselves. It’s …

GROWING WILD IN HACKNEY

Esther Adelman Blog, Food, Gardening, Life, resilience

I am part of The Growing Kitchen on the Wenlock Barn Estate in Hackney. We started in 2008 with a community garden on a disused piece of lawn. Since then we have expanded to create a foraging garden with a wild area and a community orchard on a separate site. We also have a pond that is teaming with life …